How Parents Can Instil a Love for Learning
January 18, 2023 | Heguru Method @ HarbourFront and Choa Chu Kang
In a society, such as Singapore’s, where academic success and grades are heavily emphasised, it is often easy for children to develop an aversion to learning or anything associated with schools and examinations. However, a love for learning is the first step towards embracing and excelling on the journey of education.
Heguru Method are the experts of early childhood education and right brain training in Singapore, and here are some tips you can adopt to instil in your children the love for learning, and supporting their transformation into lifelong learners.
Praises and encouragement
One reason many children lose their love for learning is due to the fact that they begin to associate learning with anxiety and pressure. These include worries about receiving a bad grade, answering a question wrong, or failing a test. When learning is only about outcomes, it takes fun out of the equation.
Focus on praising and encouraging effort, rather than outcome. Praising your child in a way that values the process, and not the result, will instil the mindset needed to take on new challenges, on top of learning without fear. When praising your child, provide specific information about what was good about what they did. This helps them build up their enthusiasm and confidence, placing the emphasis on the learning process and the effort that your child puts into his or her work.
Hands on learning
Research has shown that hands-on learning is a highly effective method for young children. When students get to move, touch, and experience, they learn better. Most children simply don’t find joy in reading from a textbook, copying notes, or learning through rote memorization. Hands-on activities, however, will spark a child’s interest and imagination, along with helping children process information.
At Heguru Method’s learning centres, we incorporate movement, interaction, and tactile experiences in our curriculum as much as possible. These experiences support effective learning, in addition to providing positive and enjoyable experiences in a child’s educational journey.
Learn more: Right Brain Activities Parents Can Involve their Children in | Heguru
Learning with friends
Not only does learning with friends help your child learn to communicate, healthy friendships can be instrumental in supporting your child academically. When children are allowed to learn together, they retain information quickly and for longer periods of time. Cooperation is also useful for developing critical thinking and communication skills.
Strong relationships with friends at school can help them feel more engaged. With positive friendships, educational settings become fun and supportive places to be in.
Exposing them to right brain training
Right brain training is a learning method specifically designed for children from under 7 years of age. It is aimed at developing a love for learning that strengthens the right hemisphere of the brain. This is because research shows the right hemisphere of the brain develops faster for a child up to the age of 7 as compared to the left hemisphere. Hence, it is crucial to take leverage of this period by broadening their scope of knowledge and wisdom.
With the right attitude, attention and effort, you too can enhance your child’s desire to learn and acquire new skills. Follow these tips and you’ll be surprised how much your child’s love of learning grows.
Searching for a learning centre that will aid in developing your child’s love for learning? Heguru Method is an effective right brain training and whole brain development programme that encapsulates all the above, giving your little one the best head start in life. Our teachers are trained to encourage children to believe in themselves, face challenges with confidence, and see mistakes as opportunities to grow. Reach out to our educational experts today for more information!
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